Upcoming Trainings

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training
Hosted by Centene and Local Health Plans

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma that includes participation by their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.


2020 TF-CBT Training Schedule

August 24, 2020 Update: Due to travel and group gathering restrictions for COVID-19, all TF-CBT Trainings for at least the remainder of the year will be virtual via Zoom. We are working on confirming dates for the remainder of 2020 in the same markets where we had live TF-CBT Trainings planned. Please note that the virtual trainings have a significantly smaller class size. Any trainings below with specific dates are confirmed. TBD means the date and location is not confirmed. Please note that the TF-CBT Trainings listed are still open only to contracted clinicians within the local health plan provider network in the given state. Please see Who May Attend below for additional attendance criteria.

January 22-23, 2020 for Sunshine Health Providers in Tallahassee, FL - done

February 13-14, 2020 for Buckeye Health Plan in Springfield, OH - done

*April 8-9, 2020 in St. Louis, MO - *postponed

May 27-29, 2020 for Sunshine Health Providers in FL - done

June 17-19, 2020 for Superior HealthPlan Providers in TX - done

July 15-17, 2020 for Coordinated Care Providers in WA - done

August 20-21,2020 for Superior HealthPlan Providers in TX - done

September 30-October 2, 2020 for Sunflower Health Plan Providers in KS

October 21-22, 2020 for Sunshine Health Providers in FL

November 2020, TBD in NM


Who May Attend

Only clinicians who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to attend:

  • Contracted clinician (or in the credentialing process) within the local health plan provider network in the state where the training is being held 
  • Master's degree or above in a mental health discipline
  • Professional licensure in home state (or registered intern under supervision for licensure)
  • Actively treating children/adolescents in foster care
  • Have not attended one of our TF-CBT Trainings before
  • Can commit to and participate in the follow-up TF-CBT Consultation Call Program consisting of twice-monthly, one-hour group conference calls for six months

Please review the information available at the program developers' website, https://tfcbt.org, for details about the TF-CBT evidence-based treatment model and criteria for national certification. See https://tfcbt.org/training/ for other TF-CBT Training opportunities outside of our organization if you do not meet the criteria above.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Participants will identify and discuss the rationale and benefits of the use of this trauma-specific treatment intervention for children and families experiencing post-traumatic stress and other emotional / behavioral impacts of significant adverse events.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to review, appraise and discuss the outcome evidence supporting the efficacy of TF-CBT.
  • Participants will identify and summarize, via the use of case studies and examples, how to implement the components of P.P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.; the phase-oriented approach and the efficacy of this model for treating trauma and traumatic grief.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate the process and approach of completing the Trauma Narrative with a practice case.
  • Participants will observe and practice strategies for intervening with both children and their parents or caregivers through training demonstrations and role-plays.
  • Participants will be able to verbalilze and list the steps needed to develop improved fidelity adherence through ongoing post-training consultation, and process leading to TF-CBT certification by model developers.


TF-CBT Email Notification List

To be added to the TF-CBT Email Notification List for your state, please read the Who May Attend section of the training information above. If you meet all of the criteria and would like to be added to the email notification list for your state, then email lisa.reed@centene.com with a Subject or body text of “Add to TF-CBT Email Notification List for [state].” You will receive an email when registration opens for a training in your state (about a month before the training). 

Cost: The training and follow-up consultation are provided at no cost to our in-network providers by Centene and local health plans as part of our continuing effort to help clinicians treating children in foster care enhance their skills and utilize the best evidence-based tools available. It is not available to non-contracted clinicians. Your only cost for the virtual training will be $35 for taking the Medical University of South Carolina's online TF-CBTWeb 2.0 Training available at https://tfcbt2.musc.edu.

Continuing Education: 14 CEs may be available for certain professional licenses. Please note that you must attend all full sessions and do all required work to be eligible for a completion certificate.

Important: Please note that to receive credit for completing the training, you must attend all sessions in their entirety, complete the TF-CBT Pre-Training CATS Assignment (which includes a Pre Test) and complete the Post Test & Evaluation (you take online at the end of the training).

No partial hours will be given. Also note that you must be registered or be offered a spot from the waitlist in order to be permitted to attend.

Pre-Training Requirements:

  • You must complete the Medical University of South Carolina's online TF-CBTWeb 2.0 training available for 11 hours of CE credit (in addition to the 14 hours of CE credit available for this training) at https://tfcbt2.musc.edu. This online training costs $35. You are required to email your completion certificate to Lisa Reed at lisa.reed@centene.com about a week prior to the training. Other clinicians have reported that it took them at least 9 hours to complete the training, so we encourage you to start early with the TF-CBTWeb training.
  • You must also complete the Pre-Training Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen (CATS) assignment in the online microlearning platform UMU. It will be assigned to you via email after you register. It should take less than an hour to complete.

Questions: Please contact Lisa Reed at lisa.reed@centene.com


Training Conducted by

Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC

Director, Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions 

Picture of Roy Van Tassell

Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC, is Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions for Centene and provides training in trauma, assessment, evidence-based interventions and consultation to providers and the community. He has been a member of the federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003.

His professional background over the last 38 years is diverse, having worked with children to seniors in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings. Mr. Van Tassell has trained nationally in 26 states and is one of currently 70 master trainer/consultants in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In 2005 Roy was in the first trainer cohort with the TF-CBT model developers. He has been faculty for nine national and state Learning Collaborative trainings for TF-CBT; including the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville Alabama and for the University of Tennessee, Center of Excellence. Roy has also been trainer consultant for the national Effective Provider, Train-the-Trainer program for the American Psychological Association. Roy is also an approved National Trainer for Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), an evidence-informed model for secondary trauma; as well as an approved trainer for the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) model--a non-clinical approach designed for improving interactions for any adult who interacts with children. Since 2005 he has been part of the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health statewide training and dissemination of the TF-CBT model.

Additionally, Roy has provided advanced trainings in TF-CBT and other trauma-informed care topics with each of the TF-CBT model developers: Drs. Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger. Roy manages his stress by spending time with family, being an avid cyclist, and enjoying a great coffee.